Linda Lyndell – What A Man

The song reached #50 on Billboards R&B chart on August 24, 1968.

From Wikipedia

What a Man” is a song written by Dave Crawford, and originally recorded for Stax Records‘ Volt imprint by Linda Lyndell, The song was sampled and reinterpreted as “Whatta Man” in 1993 by Salt-n-Pepa with En Vogue; the version became a commercial success. In 2011, the German singer Lena Meyer-Landrut (credited as Lena) covered the song while retaining the original title and lyrics.

Linda Lyndell, a white singer who had been a support act with James Brown and Ike & Tina Turner and then recommended to Stax Records by Otis Redding, recorded “What a Man”. The song was essentially improvised by Lyndell, record producer Dave Crawford, and the Stax studio musicians in Memphis, Tennessee. It was released as a single in 1968 with the B-side track “I Don’t Know”; both songs were credited to and produced by Dave Crawford. The single entered the Billboard Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles chart on August 24, 1968 and then peaked at number 50. The record came to the attention of white supremacists in the Ku Klux Klan, who threatened Lyndell for associating with black musicians; as a result, she largely withdrew from the music business for the next 25 years.

What A Man

I get lovin’ (lovin’)
By the hundred
And I get lovin’ (lovin’), yeah
By the pint
Got me doin’ the camel walk
In my sleep
Make me do the James Brown
Every time I get on my feet
Listen to me
What a man, what a man, what a man
What a mighty good man
Say it again now
What a man, what a man, what a man
What a mighty good man
Yes he is
A mighty mighty good man
Let me put it on your mind
Let me put it on your mind
He thrills me, kills me
He’s a lovin’ kind
Another ounce of his love
And I think I’m a gonna slip
Lose my grip
And do back over flips
Listen now
What a man, what a man, what a man
What a mighty mighty good man
Say it again now
What a man, what a man, what a man
What a mighty good man, yeah
What a man
And deep inside I know it
What a man
And I’m not ashamed to show it
Yeah
What a man, what a man, what a man
What a mighty mighty good man
Say it again now
What a man, what a man, what a man
What a mighty, mighty good man
Yes he is
He can do, good god
He can do the funky broadway
Yes he can
The funky four corner
He can back up
Back up and do the tighten up
What a man, what a man, what a man
What a mighty, mighty good man
Yeah, yeah yeah
What a man, what a man, what a man
What a mighty good man
Yes he is
What a man, what a man, what a man
What a mighty, mighty good man
Mighty, mighty, mighty, good man
Good man, good good, oh mighty, mighty

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